AARP HOLIDAY COVERED DISH LUNCHEON:  Thursday, December 1 at 12:30pm. Bring a covered dish to share. Bob Wingate and his guitar class will entertain us for the holiday meeting. Our 2017 elections will be held and collection of dues for 2017 are payable by January. The membership voted a $1 raise in October to $4 per member. All local older adults age 50+ are welcome to attend.  For more information, contact the Rufty-Holmes Front Desk at 704-216-7714.


EXERCISE CLASSES CHRISTMAS PARTY:   Friday, December 2 from 1-4 pm. Join staff for Christmas snacks, games and a movie.  Come dressed in your most festive holiday attire and you may win a door prize.  Everyone involved with fitness either through land classes, aquatic classes, personal training, or fitness equipment on your own at the Center is invited.  Bring your favorite snack or dessert to share.  Pre-registration is requested by contacting the Front Desk at 704-216-7714 or signing up in the Aquatics or Fitness area.


NATIONAL ACCREDITATION REVIEW VISIT: Monday & Tuesday, December 5-6. Elizabeth Bernat, Executive Director of the Lowcountry Senior Center in Charleston, South Carolina, will be at Rufty-Holmes to conduct an on-site assessment for our National Institute of Senior Centers Accreditation renewal.  She will be available during her visit to talk individually, or collectively, with anyone who has an opinion they may want to express about our Center.  Individuals and groups are invited to meet and talk with her during her visit, or you may email her in advance at elizabeth.bernat@rsfh.com  with any comments.


MIND AEROBICS ART CLASS:   An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth.  Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you.  Monday afternoons from 2-4pm.  $10 per session payable to the instructor.


HANDMADE CHRISTMAS CARD WORKSHOP:  Tuesday, December 6 at 2:00pm.  Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session.  All supplies will be provided.  Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714. 


BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS:  Wednesday, December 7 from 9:30am - 10:30am.  Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults.  Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball.  A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.


HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB & BRAIN FITNESS:  Wednesday, December 7 at 2:00pm. Clarissa Carr and Jennifer Zumwalde from Novant Behavioral Health, Rowan Medical Center will have a program on Winter Blues: Seasonal Depression.  Also, as part of the suggestion that ‘volunteering’ may be a good way to deal with depression, Diane Hundley with the Volunteer Services at NHRMC will be here. No registration is required.  Please call the Front Desk if you have any questions at 704-216-7714.


WALK-ABOUTS OUTING: The Walk-Abouts will meet on Thursday, December 8 at 1:00pm at the Carolina Mall for an indoor walk followed by a Dutch-treat lunch at Golden Corral. Call the Front Desk to register at 704-216-7714.


BUS TRIP TO TEMPLE THEATRE CHRISTMAS PLAY:  Thursday, December 15. Motor coach transportation leaves the Center at 7:30am for Sanford, NC. We will be stopping for a quick breakfast along the way. Once we arrive in Sanford, we’ll have time to browse the downtown shops and enjoy a Dutch-Treat lunch before attend an afternoon production of “A Christmas Carol” at the Temple Theatre. There will be walking involved for shopping.


The cost is $50 per person, which includes admission, transportation, and tips. Lunch is Dutch-Treat.


Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. You can pay by credit card, cash or check.


Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, December 7 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early.


WINTER ARTS CHRISTMAS CONCERT:  Thursday, December 15 at 2:00pm.  Listen to beautiful holiday harp music with symphony musician Helen Rifus, sponsored by Gegorek & Associates Realty.    After the concert, guests can enjoy the display of seasonal artwork from local older adult artists who attend various art classes offered at the Center.  Refreshments will be served.  Registration is not required, and there is no charge to attend.


OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB TRIP TO EAGLE’S POINT:  Friday, December 16.  Meet at Rufty-Holmes at 9:00am. After the hike, there will be a Dutch-Treat lunch planning session at Jimmy’s on Bringle Ferry Road. Bring water, a snack, shoes with good support and good tread.   Dress appropriately for the weather.    Participation is at your own risk.  New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk.  In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed.   To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.   


MOVIE OF THE MONTH - “LOVE THE COOPERS”:  Wednesday, December 21 at 2:00pm.  Holiday memories will never be quite the same for the Cooper family after their all-generation Christmas Eve gathering becomes a hilarious whirlwind of confusion brought on by a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. Rated PG-13. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management.  Free and shown on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks.  (Motion picture license #12137390).


WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, December 28 from 1:00-4:00pm.  This is an open session for all watercolor painters to work on art creations.  There is no instructor.  Each artist must be responsible for his or her own supplies and for cleaning up afterwards. No registration necessary.


COMPUTER CLASSES: Pre-registration is required by contacting the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.  You must be a registered participant of the Center, and pay the class fee at the Front Desk prior to the class. Classes are taught by Debbie Lesley.


Family Holiday Newsletter: Friday, December 9   from 1:00-4:00pm. Make this the year you send out an update from your family to all your friends……marriages, grandchildren, trips you have taken…. Fill people in on your exciting 2016. You can email your newsletter or send it by “snail mail,” which does not take that long. Practice on one in class then get started on your own. Participants should be comfortable using word processing (typing.). Registration is required. The fee for this class is $10.

Holiday Connections with Facebook: Wednesday, December 14 from 1:00-4:00pm. The holiday season is the perfect time to connect with old and/or current friends. Find out where they live now, how their family has changed, current job, hobbies, and so much more. You control what news you share and with whom. Participants should be comfortable using a computer in order to get signed up on Facebook and begin exploring. Registration is required. The fee for this class is $10.

ON-GOING EXERCISE CLASSES: Join one of 27 different land or aquatics exercise classes offered weekly at the Center.  Participants must be registered with the Center and receive a fitness consultation prior to joining a class.  There is no charge for participants who hold valid SilverSeakers® or Silver&Fit® supplemental insurance benefit.  Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction.  Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.


CHAIR MASSAGES:  Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Fridays by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT.  Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.


Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.


Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm.   Free with refreshments.


Senior Games shuffleboard will be held on Friday, December 2 from 8:30am – 11:30am.

Chair Volleyball is held each Monday, Wednesday & Friday afternoon at 1:00pm in the Rufty Fitness Annex.  Pre-registration is not required.



TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am except Dec 26

Men’s Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am except Dec 27

Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm

Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm except Dec 23

Busy Bees Craft Club - Thursday, December 1 at 9:30am

Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, December 1 at 10:00am

Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, December 5 at 8:30am

Ambassadors Club Covered Dish Luncheon - Monday, December 5 at noon

GARS Christmas Party – Tuesday, December 6 at 5:00pm at Shiloh Reformed Church

Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, December 8 at 9:00am

Starry Night Quilters – Thursday, December 8 at 6:30pm

Rufty-Holmes Garden Club – Monday, December 12 at 2:00pm

Rowan Doll Society – Tuesday, December 13 at 10:30am

Rufty-Holmes Board & Staff Dinner - Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30pm

Better Breathing Club – Wednesday, December 14 at 1:00pm

Sunny Days Quilters – Thursday, December 15 at 1:00pm

Men’s Breakfast Club Holiday Dinner – Thursday, December 15 at 6:00pm

Carolina Artists – Thursday, December 15 at 6:30pm

Duke Energy Retirees Luncheon - Friday, December 16 at 11:00am


LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday.  Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted.  For more information, call 704-216-7702.


BROADCAST BINGO:  Available through the Center’s Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older.  Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7723 to enroll and for more information.  Free.




APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE:  Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc).  The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging.  For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.


APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.


ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS:  For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication.  Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing.  Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.


“ARE YOU OK?” SERVICE:  Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.


INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE:  Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance.  Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment.  Call 704-216-7703 for more information.


GOLD CARDS:  Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge.  These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID.


GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE:  Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults.  If you have a need, call the Center’s Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7700.